Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions
We intend to record and post as many of the talks as possible. Occasionally a speaker’s talk is not able to be recorded for content or technical reasons. The talks will be posted on our YouTube channel as soon as they are ready.

We are still working out whether it will be possible to live-stream talks this year.
We have arranged to have food trucks present on site. Many of them are planning to offer vegan or vegetarian options in addition to their regular choices. We are going to have tents near the food trucks so that people have places to eat if it is raining. Please be aware that it is Winter in January/February in Brno and you should check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
Getting around Brno and to DevConf
Public transportation in Brno is provided by DPMB which provides tram lines, trolley-bus lines and bus lines. At night all public transportation is provided by night bus lines.
YES! If you want to use public transportation, you must buy a ticket before you board the bus, tram or trolleybus. You need to purchase a two-zone ticket for zones 100+101 for any stop in the city of Brno. Single journey tickets can be bought from machines (coins only at most with a few, including those at the main station able to take credit cards) at many stops, or in Tabak stores.

You need to validate the single journey ticket in the Yellow validation machine when you enter the bus, tram or trolleybus. Instructions how to pay for transportation in Brno can be found here.

The DPMB also offers sms tickets. This service is only available for Czech SIM cards. To use the service, send a message with a code to 90206. The code for a 75-minute ticket (CZK 29) is BRNO. The code, BRNOD, is for an all-day ticket (CZK 99). After sending the message, you will receive a ticket via SMS within a few minutes.

If you are staying in Brno for several days, consider buying a 5-day ticket which costs 250 CZK. There are several places where you can buy this ticket, but the easiest one is probably the main train station. You can buy it at any counter (look for the international counters because they are more likely to speak English). When you first use your ticket, be sure to validate it. You only have to validate your ticket one time.
We recommend downloading the Liftago app to book a taxi electronically. It is also possible to reserve a taxi using your mobile phone, but usually you will need to be able to speak Czech.
From the main train station take tram No.1 (towards Řečkovice). Get off at the stop Semilasso (after approximately 15 minutes). Take the street on the right, Metodějova. After approximately 200 meters take the first street on the right, Božetěchova. Continue straight approximately 100 m. The building on your left hand side is the university.

From the main bus station (Zvonařka) take bus No. 44 or 67. Get off at the stop Semilasso. Follow the street for 100 m and then take the street on the right, Božetěchova. After approximately 400 meters you will arrive to the building of the university.

From the Red Hat Offices tram stop (Červinkova for Purkynova 71/99 FBC office or Technologický park for TPB office) take tram No. 12 towards Komárov. Get off at the stop Skácelova (first stop from Červinkova, third from Technologický park). Take bus No. 30 or 84 or 53 from the bus stop at the corner diagonally opposite the tram stop you exited at. From both buses, get off at the Semilasso stop.
Schedule / CfP Questions
We hope to release the schedule around 1 December 2019.

We are planning to start at 9am on 24 January 2020 and end at 4pm on 26 January 2020. These time may change slightly, so do watch for the final schedule.
We receive an amazingly large number of high quality submissions. Our track teams that review the talks have to work a lot to read and decide on them all. We have expect to send out the first round of acceptances around 18 November 2019.
Please email us at info@devconf.cz and explain your situation and what your suggestion is. We can, on a case-by-case basis allow alternative speakers, however this is not guaranteed. We generally do not allow for remote presentations, however you are welcome to email us and explain why you think your talk should be an exception.
Registration Questions
Admission to DevConf.CZ is free and only requires that you register for a free ticket. Registration details should be available around 1 December 2019. Capacity is limited!

Onsite (at venue) registration is possible, even after on-line registration has closed, but it will also be limited capacity. You are strongly encouraged to register online to ensure you have a ticket.
We use registration to manage several logistics issues around DevConf.CZ, amongst other things. For example, we have to ensure that we do not exceed the maximum number of people allowed in the building by the fire marshall. We also use the data for things like estimating the number of food trucks to invite and planning for various parts of the conference.

Because we have typically attracted over 1500 people each year, we have learned to do registration to minimize the possibility that someone will show up to the conference and then have to be turned away.
There are a small number of tickets reserved for on-site registration. On-site registration is identical to internet registration in terms of cost (free!) and in terms of what information is asked for. You are strongly encouraged to register online when we open online registration to both save time when you arrive and to prevent you from being turned away because we are at capacity.
Travel Questions
We provide visa invitation letters, upon request, to speakers and registered attendees of our conference.

Speakers were emailed instructions for getting one with their acceptance notification.

Attendees may request a visa letter after registering for the conference. Details on how to request the letter are in your registration confirmation in the section at the bottom called 'Additional Information'.
We provide some lodging (hotel) costs for speakers at DevConf (see the Speaker Questions section for details). Additionally, we have a diversity scholarship program that can help cover other travel costs for speakers who live in Europe, Middle East, or Africa, do not work for Red Hat, and whose employer is not able to cover their travel expenses. Information about this was provided with acceptance notifications.

We are sorry but we do not have attendee travel funding at this time.
Speaker Questions
We will be publishing our schedule there and having your preferred email address for that service lets us give you some editing rights for your session. Some speakers may use a different address for sched.org so we want to collect that from them. If you don’t have a preference or don’t have one already, just provide any email address you read and we will do the rest.
A fitted cut used to be referred to as a female cut. It tends to hug the body closely and curve in at the waist.

A straight cut used to be referred to as a male cut. It is a straight down and fits better on bodies with fewer curves.
We provide visa invitation letters, upon request, to speakers at our conference. Speakers were emailed instructions for getting one with their acceptance notification.
We provide some lodging (hotel) costs for speakers at DevConf. For primary speakers, we can provide a hotel room, at a restricted set of hotels, for the three nights of the conference. Details were sent with the acceptance emails.

For secondary speakers, who room with a primary speaker, we can cover the extra cost associated with the second person in that double room. Our budget, unfortunately, does not let us buy separate rooms for secondary speakers.
No. We are not able to reimburse any rate from any hotel that we did not ask you to book into. In order to take advantage of the 3 days of lodging (hotel rooms) we provide speakers you must book in the hotels we asked you to use by following the process we sent you. Bookings through third-party sites or that used other processes, even if they are for the same hotel, will not be paid for or reimbursed.
Every session room will have a projector that should accept most common display technologies. If you do not have an HDMI port on your laptop, please bring an adapter to ensure you can connect. While we will try to have a full suite of display adapters, new versions seem to appear every day. Please have practiced plugging your laptop into an external display and setting your mirroring/speaker mode as you like it. You know your computer best.

The university got new projectors (woot!). The resolution of all projectors, except the one in A113 should be 1920x1200. The projector in A113 should be 1920x1080. All inputs are HDMI.

We will also have a microphone in all rooms where recording is taking place. Please use the microphone and don’t forget to repeat questions.
Yes. Our intention is to record every talk and make it available on YouTube and possibly via a live-stream. If this is a problem, please contact us at info@devconf.cz as soon as possible so we can determine if we can accommodate your request.
Your talk is scheduled with the Question and Answer time included. This means, for example, if you have a 30 minute talk, you should plan to leave 5 minutes for Q&A. After your time has expired, even if you only had a short Q&A you will need to leave the room and continue conversations in the hallway to ensure the next speaker has full use of their time.

Each room will have a room captain to help with timing. They will show you cards when you are getting close to running out of time. They will also assist you with setting up your talk and provide you with a brief introduction, if you wish.

We need your slides. If you haven’t already given us your presentation, the room captain will ask for a copy on a flash drive before you start your talk.